A Scenic Hike to the Beach
About this Trip
Take a guided walk in Canada’s only National Urban Park through a peaceful trail then settle in at Rouge Beach for a picnic on the sandy shores with views of the lake and marsh.
Rouge National Urban Park is the first of its kind in Canada. The Rouge is home to an amazing combination of nature, history and agriculture. The park features 1,700 species of plants and animals, 10,000 years of human history and some of the rarest and best remaining wetlands, forests and agricultural lands in the Greater Toronto Area.
select a meeting destination for your group and plan to arrive at Rouge Park between 10 - 11 a.m. The Parks Canada visitor welcome area is located about 45 minutes from downtown Toronto and Markham. We suggest hiring a tour bus for the day.
The Parks Canada visitor welcome area is located off Meadowvale Road on Park Road. Paid parking ($12) is available all year across the street at the Toronto Zoo.
*Make sure to check the map at the bottom of this page as the address is not always correctly interpreted by GPS units.
Begin the day at the Parks Canada visitor welcome area and learn about Rouge National Urban Park and other Parks Canada sites across the country. Parks Canada staff have colouring sheets and kids activity booklets to give out – so definitely stop by and say hello. Next, enjoy a guided 3.5km hike through a meadow followed by scenes of the forest, river and wetlands with Parks Canada staff. You may even spot a turtle basking on a log.
After the walk, drive down to Rouge Beach for a picnic or barbeque.
After lunch at the beach, enjoy a swim, relax on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario beach and take in the scenic views of the largest marsh in Toronto.
Please note that lifeguards are on duty in the summer months at selected times only.
Contacts, Fees & Reservations
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reservations are required for large groups. Contact 416-264-2020 to book your trip.
Admission to the park is free.
Hours of Operation
The Park is open 7 days a week, all day.